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Tuesday, February 17, 2009




Friday, February 13, 2009

¡En que ambos tienen la calata en frente! En 1986 Phil Collins era la superestrella del Pop blanco mundial, sin duda alguna. Había superado en ventas a gente como Sting y a su ex-compañero en Genesis Peter Gabriel. Esta entrevista fue rescatada de la revista fundada por Hugh Hefner.

What do Phil Collins and Playboy Magazine have in common? Both of them have the naked one on front! In 1986 Phil Collins was, no question about it, the White Pop Superstar, having defeated, in record sales, people like Sting and even his ex-partner in Genesis Peter Gabriel. This interview was rescued out of the Hugh Hefner-founded Magazine.













...cuz you know I cannot believe it's true...

Wednesday, February 4, 2009


The following article appeared on the San Francisco Chronicle on February 2nd, 2009. One day before the 50th anniversary of the "Day The Music Died." In order to preserve the authenticity of the article and the collaborators' input, I will continue with my picks at the bottom.



Javier Moreno, www.cacaorock.com
The Record Store: Rasputin Music in Berkeley (2401 Telegraph Ave., http://www.rasputinmusic.com)

Grace Jones, "Living My Life" ($2.95) her voice, as her beauty, requires an acquired taste. But this Jamaican-born model/actress/singer/icon can really make you dance if you let her convince you. She will do it anyway.

Chick Corea, "My Spanish Heart" ($5.95) As Chick himself explains on the liner notes, a "recent" trip to Spain made him discover his Latin-spanish roots. Chick is from Italian descent, but the Iberic flavor is here.

Kid Creole And The Coconuts, "Off The Coast Of Me" ($2.95) A great finding considering this album is very hard to get and it's their debut. August Darnell's band weren't just a dance act for nightclubs, but actually they created a genre known as "Mutant Disco" -latin percussion blended into disco beats- that ruled European dancefloors in the eighties and evolved into house music. Darnell's your daddy.

Stan Getz, "Another World" ($5.95) Another out-of-print gem from the outstanding saxophonist's catalog (the others include "Children Of The World"). In this double album Getz connects his sax to an echo-plex and teams up with young musicians like Andy Laverne on piano to play acid fusion.

Wings, "Goodnight Tonight (Don't Say It)" [12" Extended Single] ($1.95) Paul McCartney's second band's last single, ten years after the release of the "Let It Be" song. This Maxi single is great for discotheques that rely on the smooth and conforting beats of the past. Macca never played the bass so well on a riff this tight. If you think this one is the best Paul McCartney song he ever recorded without the Beatles, you're not alone. 

Thomas Dolby, "Hyper-Active"  ($1.00) a 12" single off the Flat Earth album. Dolby sped up the tapes and added a sense of desperation in this song that will make us thing of the Beastie Boys' "Intergalactic." But this one is so much punchier! And it's an unfairly underrated and forgotten New Wave dance number.

Lenny Zakatek, "Lenny Zakatek" ($1.00) maybe the greatest bargain I ever found on a record store, since it's an out-of-print, hard to find record never released on CD featuring Alan Parsons Project's great lead vocalist. Parsons himself produced this album.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

February 3rd, 1959 is considered by Don McLean as The Day The Music Died. Well, not only by him but by an entire generation who saw how the first Rock And Roll wave crashed and faded away by the end of the fifties. Fifty years ago Buddy Holly, J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson and Ritchie Valens died on a plane crash after a concert in Clear Lake, Iowa. Terrible news indeed. Three rock pioneers dying extremely young (Valens was 17, Holly 22 and Big Bopper 28) and the curse gets spread afterwards: Little Richard decides to resign the wicked ways of rock after fearing death on a plane crash, Chuck Berry gets incarcerated accused of proxenetism, Jerry Lee Lewis marries his 13 year old cousin and his career is over and Elvis gets enlisted in the Army. Rock And Roll wasn't there to stay.
It was something very similar to what happened later in 1994, after the death of Kurt Cobain and the end of the Grunge era. And nowadays we realize it's all part of a cycle, like the wheel. We can't have it all the time, but its energy must pull us through in this world of trouble.
So the untimely and tragic deaths of Holly, Valens and Big Bopper didn't happen on the day the music died, but when it became immortal. Holly, after dying, released four horsemen of the Apocalypse called Beatles who conquered the world in a way he couldn't have ever imagined, using mostly his influence (Buddy Holly's band was named the Crickets!). Ritchie Valens died too young and his legacy in Latino Rock was barely felt with songs like "La Bamba" and "Donna," but he, as well as Holly, was a pioneer. Big Bopper was starting a career as entertainer that could have reached very high places. His song "Chantilly Lace" is one of the most suggestive, sexy and powerful tunes of the Fifties. Songs like these aren't made anymore and I dare you to compare.
Dead? Fuck No! Rock And Roll Rules My Life Bitch!

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